• Kyodo News


More than 13,900 educational facilities canceled some or all of their classes due to influenza from Oct. 18 to Saturday, up sharply from the 8,534 reported a week earlier, the government said.

Most of the 13,964 facilities, which included schools and kindergartens, were hit by the H1N1 swine flu, according to Wednesday’s announcement by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

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